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East won’t need police powers-Karuna

National Integration Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan told Parliament yesterday that the Eastern Provincial Council does not need police powers.

Conferring such power on the Estern Provincial Council will create unnecessary problems, he said.

Participating in the adjournment motion debate on the current political situation in the East, Minister Muralitharan said that he had brought this to the notice of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that prevailing corruption and other shortcomings in the EPC were also brought to the notice of the President. The President was closely monitoring the situation, he said.

The war against terrorism was nearing an end but would not end overnight, he said.

"If anybody expects terrorism to be defeated overnight, it is not realistic and practical", he said.

Minister Muralitharan said that people should prevent themselves from speaking directly or indirectly in support of terrorism of the LTTE since it was a criminal offence under the laws of the country. "The LTTE had worked for the liberation of the Tamil people but that was a long time ago", he said.

Minister Muralitharan also requested the TNA MPs to consider favourably the invitation sent to them by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to meet him on Thursday. "I am very confident he (the president) will be able to give solutions to the problems you have," he said.

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